End of third: Irish 24, Wake Forest 17

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If we could sum up Notre Dame's season in 15 minutes, the third quarter of tonight's game would do the trick.

The Irish offense looked flawless on its first two drives, resulting in Jonas Gray and Michael Floyd touchdowns to give them their current 24-17 lead. But it could have been more.

And it could have been worse.

Tommy Rees and Gray ran a flea flicker that resulted in a Josh Bush interception, returned 54 yards and punctuated by a flat-out awful roughness call on Zack Martin, who simply tackled Bush out of bounds. That had Notre Dame's staff irate, but three plays later Harrison Smith changed everyone's mood by forcing a fumble that was recovered by Gary Gray.

Wake Forest got the ball back and will face a third-and-19 in Notre Dame territory to start the fourth quarter, and this may be its best shot at evening the score.

Unless, of course, the Irish commit another turnover ...